After reading this book I will never take our National Wildlife Refuges, National Parks and National Monuments for granted. It has always been a struggle between people who wanted to preserve wilderness for future generations and people who wanted to exploit natural resources for fast profits. Bravo, Douglas Brinkley for bringing history to life and making it relevant to today’s dialogue. This book also gave me a new appreciation for Harold Ickes who served as Secretary of the Interior from 1933 to 1946. I had no idea he played such a large role in preserving public lands for our use. He and FDR made quite a team. This book is the first I’ve read that plays homage to all their accomplishments in the preservation area.
It’s really a must read for all nature and wildlife photographers. Here’s the Amazon link: